Presley's Career-High 27 Points Leads Cougars Past Arizona State
Jan. 6, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -Sophomore guard Tia Presley scored a career-high 27 points to lead Washington State past visiting Arizona State, 77-65 Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum.
The Cougars (5-8, 1-1 Pac-12) also received a season-high 17 points from junior forward Sage Romberg and career-high 17 from freshman guard Taylor Edmondson. Presley and Romberg each knocked down a pair of threes while Edmondson hit all three of her attempts from behind the arc. Senior center Carly Noyes continued her chase of WSU's career blocks record with a career-high five and now sits just four away from breaking Holly Zapel's record of 147.
Washington State held the Sun Devils (8-6, 0-2 Pac-12) to 33.8 percent shooting including 29.5 percent in the second half and 1-of-12 from behind the arc for the game. The Cougars also scored 14 points off of 19 ASU turnovers.
For the second straight game the Cougars came out hot as sophomore guard Brandi Thomas got things going with jumper from the top of the key. Minutes later, Romberg got her runner from the baseline to fall and then followed with a three from the right wing the next trip down. Presley capped and 8-0 run with a steal and coast-to-coast layin as she fouled. She connected at the free throw line for a 13-5 WSU lead.
Midway through the half, the Sun Devils answered with a 13-4 run as the Cougars struggled to get shots to fall over a six minute stretch.
Washington State received a spark from Presley late in the period as the Spokane, Wash. native drilled a three from the right wing. Romberg was then fouled on a three-point attempt and connected on all three at the line. The run grew to 8-0 after freshman guard Lia Galdeira delivered a no-look pass to Presley under the basket for a layup and a 25-21 lead at the 5:59 mark.
The Cougars later closed the half with an 8-1 run over the final 1:48 as Romberg hit a pull-up jumper, Presley add a free throw and Edmondson knocked down a three to send WSU into the half up 37-33.
Presley led Washington State with 14 first-half points and Romberg added 12 while the defense forced ASU into 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Edmondson continued to spark WSU early in the second half with a driving layup and a three in the left corner. Junior forward Hana Potter followed with a jumphook to cap a 7-0 run that opened up a 49-41 lead. Edmondson extended the run to 11-4 and kept the WSU advantage at eight with back-to-back buckets.
With 8:35 remaining and the Cougars leading 58-51, Presley and Edmondson combined for more run that proved to be the clincher. Presley started the 10-2 run with a three and followed with a runner in the lane before Edmondson knocked down another three from the left corner. Presley capped things with a steal and coast-to-coast layup that opened up a 14-point advantage with 6:41 remaining.
Washington State's lead stayed in double-digits the rest of the way as Presley added six more points to clinch the Cougars first win over Arizona State in Pullman since February, 2004.
The Cougars begin a three-game road trip with matchups at UCLA, Friday and USC, Sunday. Friday's contest will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
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